Hikes for Short Steppers
Explore Ponte Vedra with your little ones with these easy, kid-friendly hikes.
Have little ones? Or just short on time? Check out these kid-friendly, short walks that give you a snapshot of the natural diversity Ponte Vedra and Ponte Vedra Beach have to offer.
Bird Island Park
Bird Island Park, designed by Bobby Weed, illustrates the ecosystems of northeast Florida with dunes, wetland areas and includes educational signage and interactive sculptures. This passive park offers ample opportunities for small group gatherings, picnicking, bird watching or strolling and relaxing. The winding trail leads park guests past water features and a sea turtle maze – all enhanced by shade trees. There’s a boardwalk surrounding the pond, a children’s play area and handicapped accessible sidewalks.
Bird Island Park is located in Ponte Vedra Beach at the Public Library, 101 Library Road. There are signs directing you to parking for Bird Island, beyond the Library parking area.
GTM North Beach Access
The GTM North Beach Access is located at 1600 S. Ponte Vedra Blvd. There’s a $3 day use fee for parking (cash only) and port-a-lets available. Cross A1A to the boardwalk down that leads down to the beach. Sea and shore birds will greet you as you make your way along the shoreline. Go at low tide for the best opportunity at finding shells and sharks teeth!
GTM Research Reserve's Sensory Trail
GTM Research Reserve has partnered with KultureCity and offers a sensory inclusive trail. Prior to visiting, download the free KultureCity APP from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Their .3 mile brick paved trail meanders through a shaded oak hammock with benches and signage along the way.
Nocatee Community Park Nature Trail
This 75-acre eco-friendly community park includes nature trails that meander through Florida foliage with lake views. The park offers a picnic pavilion, playscape and multipurpose fields. Wander past picturesque lakes looking for birds, turtles and other wildlife.
Nearby Things to Do
- Watch live music during Evenings on Airstream Row held the 2nd Friday of the month.
- Explore the area via kayak. Florida Water Tours offers rentals as well as sunset boat cruises aboard the Osprey.
- Recent recipient of the USA Today, Reader’s Choice 10Best award for “Best Boat Tour," Red Boat Tours offers sightseeing tours and sunset cruises.